Workplace

When Boundaries Are Healthy

Kim Smiley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

I know, in the internet age, many people think boundaries are passé. This is clear to me when I contemplate people's selfies on social media and their transgressions on Twitter. But I want to reframe the discussion to show that boundaries can be healthy. So let's explore some of the benefits.

Why Bosses and Employees Shouldn't Be Friends

Evan Thompson | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Business is global and more competitive than before and managers' loyalty is to the bottom line (and their bonuses). When spending 10 or more hours together in the workplace, relationships (romantic and otherwise) are bound to result. So, here are 10 reasons why a boss/employee relationship is not a good ide.

What Labour Day Really Means to the Modern Day Worker

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Business
Dina Vardouniotis

Arguably industrialization revolutionized the workplace, but so has digitization. Working smarter and faster does not always mean easier however. Expectations have increased. I remember working in advertising and spending countless hours faxing creative proofs to clients for approval.

How to Cultivate an 'A-ha' Moment

Leah Eichler | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

It happens at moments when you least expect it: in the shower, while out for a run or, for me, right before falling asleep. Cultivating "a-ha" moments seems about as likely as forcing a pot to boil water faster, but there are tactics you can use to encourage them.

Canadians Not Using Their Paid Vacations: Survey

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Business

Summer is generally when employees take off to cottages or vacation abroad, but it seems a growing number of Canadians are reluctant to use their vaca...

If Sitting Is the New Smoking, I'm An Addict Who Needs to Quit

Leah Eichler | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

In case you missed it, this constant sitting is literally killing us, leading researchers and pundits to declare that sitting is the new smoking. If you accept that theory, then just about everyone in a white-collar job is the equivalent of a heavy nicotine addict.

Why Gen X Is Unhappy and Hates Working

Mary Donohue | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

If not repaired, the unhappy Gen Xers who will remain in organizations will be unable to pick up the slack caused by retiring boomers and will stall the development of millennials. Gen Xers are currently supervising millennials bosses. So when observers warn of millennials leaving the workforce in droves, they might want to first investigate their Gen X bosses and their feelings of value.

Stressed Out Employees Stress Out the Organization

Dan Pontefract | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada
Dan Pontefract

What if you were in a horrible job and it resulted in more visits to the doctor's office? What if the Western world was actually getting unhealthier as a result of unhappy careers and even unhappier workplace environments? What if there were health consequences to the predicament employees face in their current positions?

Why You Should Care That Grads Are Entering the Workforce Stressed Out

Rob Henderson | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada
Rob Henderson

This is a generation that cares about their community and is very motivated to make a difference. By providing opportunities to positively impact their community, you will also help them feel good about themselves and their company, which will ultimately have a profound impact on relieving their stress.

Finding Healthy Work-Life Balance in a Wireless World

Andrea Goertz | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Goertz

Work-life balance used to be a straightforward concept: you worked during the day and your evenings and weekends were yours. Today however, mobile technology keeps us constantly connected. In order to promote healthy work-life balance in a wireless world, companies need to create an environment that supports a new model: work-life integration.

3 Key Reasons Your Wellness Program is Sick

Deri Latimer | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada
Deri Latimer

Does your organization have a wellness program? I'll bet you do - in some form or another. Most organizations do -- or at least they say they do. Chances are good that your wellness program, no matter how elaborate or simple, is not delivering the outcomes you had hoped. There are 3 key reasons for that:

Where Have All the Female Lawyers Gone?

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

Women now constitute nearly half of the North American workforce, and in nearly half of households all adults work, but the business model of most Canadian law firms has not evolved to reflect this significant social change. A change in management approach is clearly needed.

The Right Way to Deal With Workplace Bullies

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Business
Dr. Meghan Walker

If you are a victim of workplace bullying, you need to read the wisdom of Seth Godin, outlined: The way to work with a bully is to take the ball and go home. First time, every time. When there's no ball, there's no game. Bullies hate that. So they'll either behave so they can play with you or they'll go bully someone else.

Sticky Situation: Should I Tell My Intern She Smells?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I just came across your website. I was looking for a solution on Google for "how to tell an intern that she stinks." She also wears the same clothes, every day, for the entire week. I am responsible for the retail counter in an aesthetic clinic. I have never been faced with this sticky situation; to tell or not to tell an employee that she smells.

Five Tips to Warm Up to Winter

Deri Latimer | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Focus on what you are looking forward to every day (not what you are dreading, not that your car might not start at the end of the day, not that you are dreading the slow ride home, etc.). Throughout the day (during breaks is a great time), ask yourself 'What went well so far today?' Then, pause and enjoy the experience.

A Beauty Premium Exists at Work - Get Used To It

Leah Eichler | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Business
Leah Eichler

I'm ready to drop the charade that looks don't count. They do. It pays to look good and the sooner we accept that appearances tell a story that affects our professional success, the less guilty we'll feel about being vain.

How to Make Your Workplace Fitter, Happier, More Productive

Josh Bowman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Josh Bowman

I've worked in a lot of different office environments, both non-profit and for-profit. Some of these places were wonderful, fun, and I was sad to leave. Other workplaces were, quite frankly, toxic. Happy employees are productive employees (to paraphrase Radiohead). So here are some tips to give your staff some love. (Hint: Stressing out your employees is a great way to achieve turn-over and burn-out.)

Canadian Law Students Who Article Are Vulnerable to Abuse

Adam Dodek | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Business
Adam Dodek

I was concerned about Kate and I met with her in person. When she told me what was going on at her firm, it became clear that there was an element of sexual discrimination or harassment. Articling students facing such harassment have few choices. They could make a complaint to the Law Society, file a complaint under the firm's internal workplace harassment policy (assuming it exists), consult an employment lawyer or perhaps bring a human rights complaint. The power dynamics of articling make such options not particularly appealing to most students. So most would stick it out.

Three Tips for Moms to Balance Work and Family

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Many women work full-time, juggle PTA meetings and still aim to put a nutritious meal on the dinner table. As a result, it is no surprise that many women are feeling the effects of being pulled in different directions. Here are some simple tips to help us deal with the incessant daily juggle.

Immunize Your Organization Against Negativity

Deri Latimer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

So, if we can immunize ourselves from the nasty effects of influenza with a vaccine, what can you do to immunize yourself and your organization against negativity (that can absolutely be nasty and contagious and cost your organization time, energy, and money?

Stop Trying to Escape Workplace Happiness

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
r/ally

How do we manage to get into so many situations that make us unhappy? It never ceases to amaze me how my career-driven friends and acquaintances continue to make choices they know will render them miserable. Admittedly, I'm not immune to this condition.

Are You Engaged at Work? Probably Not

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
r/ally

Can you honestly say that you are happy at work? If you answered yes to that question then congratulations, you belong to a small demographic of gainfully employed individuals fully committed to their role at work. A new study released by Gallup on the State of the Global Workplace found that only one in eight workers worldwide -- or 13 percent -- feels "engaged."

Leadership is 10% Perspiration, 90% Inspiration

Barbara Morris-Blake | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Barbara Morris-Blake

OK, maybe the exact ratio isn't 10-90, but the point is that one of the most important traits of an effective leader is the ability to inspire others. If you aren't as inspiring a leader as you'd like to be, can you become more inspiring? Absolutely.

Great Leaders Inspire

Paula Pyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Paula Pyne

At the Wisdom 2.0 Business conference, I experienced this raw honesty over and over. It was truly moving. At one point, there were over 200 diverse people, coming from various backgrounds, chanting OM together then revering the silence that came after. It wasn't our titles or egos or the performance of our last quarter that brought us together.

Gen Y: Self-Entitled or Underutilized Resources?

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
r/ally

The Gen Y cohort of employees consistently mystifies and baffles many older employees, giving birth to an industry of experts and researchers who deem them lazy, self-entitled and in constant need of feedback. Is there any truth to this well-worn stereotype about Millennials?